Office Depot to Close Deerfield Store

No date set for doors to shut.

became the second retailer in April to announced plans to close a Deerfield location in the vicinity of Lake Cook and Waukegan Roads, according to store personnel Monday.

No date has been set for the closing, according to store personnel, but a person was standing in front of the Waukegan Road store with a sandwich board advertising a sale arising from the news, according to people driving by the location.

Calls to Office Depot’s corporate office in Florida Monday were not returned. Employees were given the news Friday.

Best Buy announced April 14 its store at Deerbrook Mall would be closing in August. Another large Deerbrook store, y. Office Depot stands next to the former Borders, which was shuttered last year.

Deerfield Mayor Harriet Rosenthal was disappointed with the news but not shocked. She felt the combination of competition with Office Max across the street in Deerbrook and internet availability of office supplies were to blame.

“I’m not surprised,” Rosenthal said. “It’s very difficult for two competitive stores opposite each other to stay in business. It’s sad for Deerfield.”

Both Rosenthal and people affiliated with Deerbrook are taking action. Deerbrook told Patch last week giving each location an outside entrance.

After plans were announced to turn the former Borders and the structure that housed George’s What’s Cooking into medical office buildings, Rosenthal asked Village Manager Kent Street to see what could be done to maintain Deerfield’s sales tax revenue. .

Tony Horwitz May 01, 2012 at 11:04 AM
No surprise here. The store was often empty. Another parcel that begs for real planning.
RB May 01, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Comblowing is lot with Borders lot. Build some nice retail, restaurants. No banks, ooffice, no doctors building please. We tax sales tax revenue producing business. How about CVS pharmacy?
Pat McIntyre May 01, 2012 at 12:20 PM
A CVS pharmacy or a Portillos
RonnieTheLimoDriver May 01, 2012 at 12:49 PM
I like the Mayor, and I am not surprised either, but her comments do not show a lot of comprehension of the real underlying problems in this case. Last time I check office supplies were available on the Internet for about 12 yrs. Office Max has been across the street since the store opened. Suddenly these problems caused the store to close??? Its obvious to me that we are caught in a death spiral. These large retailers dont want to be in locations nearby other large parcels of boarded up and abandoned structures. As such, they keep closing locations, causing others to do the same. We can no longer try the same solutions nor can we afford to wait for years for the mall developers to decide to do something.
Lake&Cook May 01, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Knock down Deerbrook Mall and all the buildings across the street. Build a huge Casino, Hotel & conference center. Then put a Portillos inside. Everyone will go there because there is a Portillos inside. Close to highways and Tollways and the airport. No downtown taxes. . Across the street build a parking complex. Problem solved
barry May 01, 2012 at 01:34 PM
.....and don't bother even walking in for a bargain. I was in there yesterday seeing the "closing. 30% off everything" sign. Almost everything is marked down only 10%.....after being marked up 20%. Another one bites the dust. What we need is some huge draw....anchor....to commit (and i don't pretend to know what that might be).....and the rest will follow.
MDG May 01, 2012 at 02:35 PM
No great loss, the folks in that store were neither helpful, nor very bright. I would love to see a Portillos in Deerfield...My daughter and her friends are always driving up to Vernon Hills.
Paradise May 01, 2012 at 03:06 PM
How about a Sweet Tomatoes, Fruits - healthy wraps and smoothies, Carvel, Samurai Sams - Japanese 'fast food', U-Swirl - frozen yogurt, Dairy Queen, Portillo's with Barnelli's, Cheesecake Factory, Target, Wal-mart, X-Treme Trampolines...the list is endless! Take a look at the 60 & Milwaukee area in Vernon Hills, Lake Cook & Buffalo Grove area in Buffalo Grove, and The Glen in Glenview. They don't seem to be having all of these problems. Perhaps we could learn from them.
RB May 01, 2012 at 08:10 PM
"I'm not surprised". Well, what's the plan Mayor? If you're not surprised - what have you done to prepare for this demise? Are there other closings that would not surprise you? A suggestion. This Village won't stand for another useless underpass project and the associated tax payer expense. How about asking our State and Federal Representatives to convene a tax force. Even though it seems like we are the only ones with this immediate rash of closings, there may be others. Has the board hired a professional yet? We need a retail tax base and it's about time someone addresses it. What are you dining to plan for the reconstruction of Deerfield Road East of Waukegan? I'll bet Italian Kitchen, Furniture store, starbucks, townhouse and the Chinese place would appreciate a plan to help them stay open.
Lloyd May 01, 2012 at 09:05 PM
First things first. Knock down the Jewel and build one like the one in Highland Pk. Go from there.
Keith Sanderson May 01, 2012 at 09:29 PM
This village has far more companies moving out then most around here. Does anyone have any reasons for this exodus? I agree with the cab driver. I think the mayor is out of touch. However, rather than debate that issue or hear excuses I would like to know how the closures of all these retailers and the loss of sales tax affects the village budget. What are the plans to care for any shortfalls?
A concerned DHS Parent May 01, 2012 at 09:41 PM
My kids are also always going to Portillo''s, Buffalo Wild wings and the yogurt shops.
Bringin' Down Briarwood May 01, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Hi Steve: Thanks for keeping this topic front and center. It's important. It would seem newsworthy to dig into this statement from Mayor Rosenthal: “Staff and I have been working actively with ownership on a long term effort to reinvigorate that shopping center ... We expect a letter of intent detailing a strategic multi phased approach on this key property in the next few weeks.” Any chance you can dig up some details on the definition of the "next few weeks?" I'd also be curious to know how the village is actively participating in the planning. What clear steps is the village taking, aside from the developer? Or are they simply waiting for the "letter of intent." Also, what is the legal obligation of a "letter of intent?"
Bringin' Down Briarwood May 01, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Also, Steve ... I'd love to hear what the congressman has to say about this. Has the village talked to anybody at the state or federal levels?
barry May 02, 2012 at 01:01 PM
It seems to me our as mayor, a given is the mayor's role must also be to act as AMBASSADOR on behalf of the community as a whole, and as AMBASSADOR certainly an invite to developers as a group, or individually for a presentation and tour of the MANY opportunities Deerfield has to offer and then TAKE THEM OUT TO LUNCH somewhere. In other wards, as mayor and ambassador .....TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS the way business is done.
barry May 02, 2012 at 01:05 PM
....or take them golfing. Or have someone take somebody golfing....and on the 18th hole ask them to expand to Deerfield. Unless they are a bank. Enough golfing with bankers!
TJ May 03, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Barnes and Noble is having trouble nationwide. A bankruptcy reorganization wouldn't be surprising. So, when they start closing stores all around the US make sure and blame the Mayor. It's her fault right? A lot of you seem to have a lot of extra time. So, maybe all of you should run for Mayor or quit griping.


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